Resolution on Intellectual Property Theft

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments (CSG) requests the federal government to pursue opportunities to reduce intellectual property theft through federal and state enforcement efforts directed at rogue websites which operate fraudulently and harm American businesses and consumers.

 
WHEREAS, intellectual property companies together make up more than a third of the U.S. economy and employ more than 19 million workers in all 50 states as well as U.S. territories; and
 
WHEREAS, the U.S. economy loses $58 billion annually due to copyright theft, including $16 billion in lost earnings and $3 billion in lost tax revenue to federal, state and local governments; and
 
WHEREAS, as of January 2011, 15 percent of the counterfeit goods seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement posed a direct safety risk to the public; and
 
WHEREAS, counterfeit goods are often sold online through rogue websites posing as legitimate businesses; and 
 
WHEREAS, eliminating the ability of rogue websites to mislead pay processors, advertising networks, search engines and Internet service providers will reduce the visibility of rogue sites and the likelihood that counterfeit goods will be sold in the United States.
 
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments (CSG) requests the federal government to pursue opportunities to reduce intellectual property theft through federal and state enforcement efforts directed at rogue websites which operate fraudulently and harm American businesses and consumers.
 
Approved on October 23, 2011 at CSG’s National Conference in Bellevue, Washington.